July 2020

29Jul(Jul 29)10:00 AM02Aug(Aug 2)1:00 PM2020 Family Retreat -- Online Only(July 29) 10:00 AM - (August 2) 1:00 PM Online Teacher(s): Kate Munding; Ofosu Jones-Quartey; Abhayagiri Monastic - Tan Pesalo; TBD No prerequisiteOpen

Event Details

Dates: Wednesday, July 29, 3:00pm – Sunday, August 2, 11:30am; 4 nights.
Per Adult Sliding Scale: $1500-$650; Per Child Sliding Scale: $900-$450; PLUS a donation to the teacher(s) and retreat staff. Code 370R20.
Please Note:  We are monitoring the COVID-19 situation and may move this retreat online. We have suspended taking registrations for now.

Pre-requisite: At least one parent/caregiver in each family needs to have sat one or more silent residential retreats or equivalent retreat experience. If you do not have this experience, please check Spirit Rock’s calendar for a list of upcoming retreats; we welcome you to apply for registration for any of our residential retreats.

Retreat Description:
This popular retreat will include family activities, young people’s groups, a parent program and free time. Dharma activities include songs, stories, skits, games, art, time on the land, a campfire, council practice, parent discussions, meditation for all and dharma talks. The Family Retreat is a true retreat experience that brings us face-to-face with our own experience and may bring up deep emotions.

In support of our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Plan, Spirit Rock prioritizes families of color and diverse family groups in creating the Family Retreat experience. We also prioritize Spirit Rock Family Program Council members in honor of their service and to enhance the retreat experience for others.

Financial assistance is available for all Spirit Rock residential retreats. Our scholarship rate is $40/night and available for all those with financial hardship with special funds allocated to People of Color (POC), folks with serious medical conditions, and young adults (age 18-26). Scholarship funding is offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarships are budgeted per retreat and because they are in high demand, can run out quickly. We encourage you to register for a retreat as close as possible to the registration opening date (lotteries are an exception).


  • Kate Munding

    Kate Munding

    View Kate's upcoming programs or profile.

  • Ofosu Jones-Quartey

    Ofosu Jones-Quartey

    View Ofosu's upcoming programs or profile.

  • Tan Pesalo

    Tan Pesalo

    Tan Pesalo was born in Japan and grew up in South Pasadena, California. While at university, he found a book about Buddhism on a friend’s shelf and the teachings resonated deeply. Upon graduating, Tan Pesalo accepted an invitation from a friend to travel to Thailand. After enjoying a ten-day meditation retreat there, he spent further time at monasteries in Thailand, Southern California, and England. After training for a year as an Anāgārika and approximately a year as a Sāmaṇera, Tan Pesalo was ordained as a Bhikkhu on June 2, 2012 at Abhayagiri Buddhist Monastery with Ajahn Pasanno as his preceptor.

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